Medicine: The FDA as Activist

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, recently accused by consumer groups of being too permissive toward the industries it is supposed to police, was the activist last week in a variety of fields. Items: ¶Americans buy 40 million pairs of prescription eyeglasses a year and an uncounted number of ordinary sunglasses. Now, anyone purchasing a new pair is likely to find that the price has suddenly gone up by $3 to $5. This is no evasion of Phase II, but the result of an FDA order that makes it illegal in all 50 states...

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